by Rowano Pierroti / Images courtesy of the HKGA
Hong Kong players shine at the Open
At the 61st Hong Kong Open, local teenager Alexander Yang continued to show his remarkable talent as the 17 year-old closed with a two-under-par 68 in the final round to finish the tournament at seven-under in a share of 13th place in what was his first Hong Kong Open. His stellar performance saw him win both
the Hong Kong Golf Club Trophy for the top placed Hong Kong player as well as the Sir David Trench Cup for the low amateur.
Although he was pleased with his results, Yang admitted that in terms of playing for a living, he still has a lot to do. “Without the HKGA, I wouldn’t even be here, so big thanks to them. The Hong Kong Golf Club also put on an amazing tournament, the course is in amazing shape and very well maintained.”
Speaking about the tournament which was rescheduled for January 9-12, Hong Kong Golf Club Captain William Doo, Jr. said: “It was a really wonderful week of world-class golf, which was capped off in brilliant style by Wade Ormsby claiming his second victory at Fanling. The performance of our four Hong Kong
players in making the cut and really competing over the weekend was another real highlight and bodes very well for the future. The success of this championship really underlines our commitment and that of the Hong Kong Golf Association to the ongoing development of the game locally.”
The Open will return to Hong Kong Golf Club for the 62nd edition of the tournament in November this year.
Gill's winning streak
Following his victory at the Hong Kong Mid-Amateur Championships last November, James Gill continued his winning streak when he claimed the Hong Kong Amateur Close Championships 2020 at the Hong Kong Golf Club New Course in four rounds played over three days during the Chinese New Year period. 34-year-old Gill led a 90-strong field from the start to record a four-round total of 273 (66-68-71-68), five shots ahead of his nearest challenger, Kim Joonho. Ryan Leung claimed the second runner-up spot after carding 286.
“In the final round, I made sure I stayed in the present moment and concentrated on the next shot throughout,” said New Zealand native Gill. “I was very happy with the way I played and hit the right shots when needed. It is a great honour to win the tournament for the first time.”
Gill also took the Mid-Amateur Championship title, with Nick Hioe in second place and Stuart Murray third.
YB Rai with HKGA CEO Danny Lai
D'Souza in close finish
Hong Kong team member and USC senior Leon D’Souza finished 2nd at the Southwestern Invitational Collegiate at Westlake Village, California in late January with a score of 70-68-67=205 (11 under par), a mere one shot behind Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala, making an exceptionally solid start to his spring season.
Kitty Tam triumphed over 12 year-old sensation Arianna Lau at the Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur Championships 2020 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, New Course over three days in February
with a total of 213.
“I was very confident with my game and prepared well coming into the tournament. My putting was good, which was the reason I made so many birdies and scored low,” said Tam (23). “I have been practicing at the Hong Kong Golf Club since returning from the US after four years of college and I want to thank the HKGA and the Hong Kong Golf Club for giving me the opportunity to practice at Fanling.”
Playing in the event for the 10th time, this is Tam’s third victory following wins in 2014 and 2015.
Meanwhile Annabelle Gerber and Mi-Kyoung Lisle took top honours in the Mid Amateur Divisions I and II respectively.